THE DIAMOND BODY: A SOLID STATE MANDALA
A Modern Alchemical View of the Philosopher's
by Richard and Iona Miller (aka Philo Stone), ©1981
IV. CONTEMPORARY APPLICATIONS
A. ARCHETYPAL TOPOLOGIES:
Active participation in the realm of the imagination is central to psychology,
alchemy, magick, and physics. Many, but not all of the imaginal modes
involve the concept of topology or topography. Within the context
of the topological fantasy, the various forms of ordering (Tree of Life,
the Diamond Body, the V.E.M., etc.) provide a comprehensive means of ascertaining
the values of any system of experiences.
Topology is the science of fundamental pattern and structural relationships
of event constellations. It was discovered and developed by the mathematician
Euler. He discovered that all patterns can be reduced to three prime
conceptual characteristics: to lines; points where two lines cross or the
same line crosses itself; and areas, bounded by lines.(1)
While active invoking of images is essential to the practice of QBL, it
is best to balance this through a detached observation/participation in
the rising and passing away of phenomena. Topographical models are
paradigms, but they should not be considered ultimate truths, but as allowing
access to imaginal realms. While topography is a useful tool, it is also
an archetypal perspective.
For example, I suggest that a perspective which sees the necessity for
'archetypal topographies' is just one among many. We must not be
drawn into literalism at such a profound level. As I mention above,
Casey seems to imply a single natural ordering for a particular purpose,
within a specific archetypal influence. Examination of the variety
of such attempts to pattern and group archetypes is itself a valuable exercise
in exploring archetypal imagination. What kind of consciousness is
it that perceives in terms of organization, integration and preferred positioning
of Gods? Generally, the attempt to discover a unifying wholeness
or impose a distinct pattern onto archetypal groupings is a procedure dominated
by the archetype of the Self.(2).
QBL is a single philosophical system which accommodates both monotheism
and polytheism. These topologies may be used in conjunction with
a polytheistic orientation in which consciousness circulates among a field
of powers. Each god, or complex is sovereign in its domain.
There is a circulation in which there are no preferred positions.
The danger in identification with the archetype of the Self is persistent
belief in it as the "only" reality. Archetypal images of order (mandalas)
counter disintegration. However, there is sometimes a psychic value
in disintegration. It brings immediate awareness of distinct separateness
among the pantheon of archetypal forces. Both attitudes, monotheism
and polytheism, represent forms of living reality in the phenomenal world.
Topology offers a descriptive basis for both meditation and exploration
of the imaginal realm. The importance of the act of decision for
behavior or transformation lies mainly in the fact that by it the individual
changes his position. A "path" is a change of position within a field
which otherwise remains sufficiently constant. It is an abbreviated
representation of a sequence of situations.
A path permits changes between regions. This is both conceptual and
physical change. The actions which are represented in the life-space
as regions are coexisting manifolds which possess a certain degree of differentiation.
These "regions" are the spheres of the Tree of Life.
The imaginal paths of the Tree of Life are linked to the concept of locomotion.
They require "working" by the aspirant in a process in time. The
psychological region in which these processes occur determines the dynamic
condition of the individual.
Pathworking is a form of "loco-motion," akin to the "illumined lunacy"
Hillman describes as the royal marriage, the pre-requisite for the Stone.
It is 0, THE FOOL who makes the journey through the winding paths of the
Tree of Life via Tarot imagery. He is nowhere (now-here) because
of his ability to makes quantum leaps. He is everywhere at once,
until we make an observation by using the cards. He is thus gripped
by only one story at a time, which contains many images and its own inherent
When one changes position, different loco-motions are now possible and
impossible. Even when a region is still attainable, the course of
the path followed has changed fundamentally because of the new point of
departure. This part that you are now is "where you are at."
THE FOOL is a breath-spirit, and Anima is a breath-soul. This relates
them intimately to the airy realm of imagination. Just as the Fool
circulates around the paths of the Tree, anima circulates throughout every
cell of the body.
The attributions of these entities leads us in a definite direction: they
both focus attention on the breath.
The importance of breath in human life and mystical meditation is not to
be underestimated. The use of breath control has a long-standing
tradition in magical and yogic practice. There is a relationship
between meditation states and rhythmic breathing. If we look further
into our Qabalistic modeling, we should find the heart playing a prominent
role in this process. This is, in fact, the case.
(1) R. Buckminster Fuller, OPERATING MANUAL FOR SPACESHIP EARTH,
(2) Peter Bishop, "Archetypal Topography," SPRING 1981, Dallas, Spring
Publications, 1981. ______________________________________________________________________________
B.MEDITATION AND RESONANCE EFFECTS
(This paper is from
THE HOLISTIC QABALA, a series of 11 books, written by Richard and Iona
Miller. It has also appeared in print in "Psychedelic Monographs
and Essays," Volume Four, Summer 1989)
The use of psychedelics or empathogens traditionally involves effectual
traits or nuances which can parallel endogenous mystical or cybernetic
landscapes. This piece presents an introduction to current descriptions
common throughout all three fields. A promise of increased comprehension
so far as metaphor, symbol and effect surrounding these and other cross-correlative
fields is reviewed and annotated.
...If the manas is to preform its proper task of controlling senses,
it must reflect the ideal pattern that is laid up in the heavens of Buddhi.
Only when that pattern is reflected in its mirror has it the standard of
reference by which to judge...nor should we think that the possession of
such a divine standard by which to judge attainment is far above us; one
to which we may aspire in some dim future. Here and now the Pattern
is within us.
Sri Krishna Prem
Theoretically, the practice of meditation is intended to withdraw the personal
mind from its persistent preoccupation with external affairs. It
can be seen as a form of training for the mind in switching from matter
to psyche. There is a purpose. It is to prepare the personal
nature so that it is able to reflect and express its relationship with
the Universal Self.
Throughout history there have been a number of techniques used to achieve
a meditative state. The most often used first step is a form of rhythmic
breathing. If done correctly, a sequence of strong and unusual body
reactions occur. These also will eventually trigger unusual psychological
states via a type of resonance effect. A closer examination of these
resonance-relationships yields information useful in improving the meditation.
Perhaps an example clarifies this: When a subject is totally relaxed
and has achieved a deep meditative state, a slow, rhythmic sine wave pattern
can be registered by a cardiograph-type sensing device. What is being
measured is a standing wave in the aorta. There is a heart-aorta
resonating oscillator which affects other parts of the body, including
Resonance occurs when the natural vibration frequency of a body is greatly
amplified by vibrations at the same frequency from another body.
Oscillators alter the environment in a periodic manner. When in a
deep meditative state the regular movement of the body indicates that a
standing wave is set up in the vascular system, specifically in the aorta.
This standing wave affects several other resonate systems in the body,
all of which are driven by this large signal.
A paper by Paul F.J. New, and several current papers, indicate the presence
of a major resonate cavity oscillator located between the heart and
the bifurcation, where the aorta divides itself. When the timing
of the pressure pulses traveling down the aorta coincide (in phase)
with the reflected pressure pulse, a standing wave is achieved. When
this frequency approaches 7Hz., a progressively amplified wave form is
created by resonance, resulting in a large oscillation affecting every
other circuit in the body tuned to this frequency.
There is a resonance relationship to this frequency with standing
waves on the Earth's crust. If we assume that the spherical crust
of the Earth represents a condenser, then the frequency of resonance can
be calculated on the basis of the equation:
Resonance frequency = C/7.3R2
Where C is the velocity of propagation of electromagnetic waves and R =
radius of the Earth. This frequency has been shown to be 6.4Hz.
Thus, a harmonic frequency corresponding to the
pulsation of the electrical charge of the Earth is present in heart/aorta.
The brain may be considered as a piezoelectric gel3, one converting physical
vibrations into electrical ones. Although the body movement from
this heart/aorta resonance is relatively small, 0.003-0.009 mm., the head
is a dense and tight structure. By moving up and down, the skull
accelerates the brain with mild impacts. These acoustical plane waves
are reflected from the cranial vault and are focused upon the third and
lateral ventricles. A hierarchy of frequencies couple this 7Hz. body
movement to the higher frequencies in the ventricles.
That which is that bright within the heart; in that this man resides,
innate with mind transcending death, with brilliance innate.
In the book Biomedical Engineering Systems 4, Chapter 7 is a major
work entitled "Toward A View of Man", by Manfred Clynes. Clynes is
a medical doctor working at the Research Center in Rockman State Hospital,
Orangeburg, New York. This work is considered a breakthrough in the
fields of psychology and medicine, known today as the field of psychobiology
Clynes took a number of volunteers and shaved their heads, placing a series
of electrodes in rosette patterns or various regions of the brain.
These included the temporal, frontal lobe section and occipital region.
In this way, not only were the brain frequencies monitored, but directional
shifts in these frequencies could also be determined by the geometry of
the electrodes on the scull.
The original purpose of Clynes' work was to find out how precision and
order exist in brain processes; to discover what is inherently programmed
in man and how he might make use of the inherent programs.
These individuals were given a number of images (form) and colors to concentrate
on while their brain was monitored by computers. Recording from opposite
pairs of electrodes simultaneously, he obtained views of the electrical
activity from different angles: mathematically, a spatial differentiation
of the electric vector. What was happening literally was a mapping
of consciousness. A number of very important observations were made:
1. Certain qualities and relationships were of greater importance
to the computer than such quantitative factors such as intensity.
This meant that the brain's systems of identification are based on
differences, rather than intensity of the signal.
2. Thin lines were found to produce characteristic evoked potentials,
irrespective of size. The form itself is transduced into another
form in the brain space time which can be measured. There is a one-to-one
correspondence between the visual form of the stimulus, the response form
in the brain, and the perception.
This is, perhaps, the first physical description of the field of an archetype.
It is a geometrical, structuring and has uniqueness.
3. The process of inhibition is as important for transducing the
external world as is excitation. Concentrating on specific lines
of geometry does not constitute the changing stimulus, but their steady
presence systematically and radically alters the response to another changing
4. Changes in intensity of a single color produce very simple response
shape. Light and darkness (as opposites) show no evidence of being different
values of the same variable. Rather, they seem to be the result of
stimulating and also of inhibiting different receptors. Thus, the
evoked potentials to light and darkness in no way may be said to be positive
and negative, respectively. White, for example, appears in this view
as the result of mutual inhibition of color.
5. These experiments clearly imply an inherent form of organization
and not a random learning of nerve nets. It is possible to mentally
recognize and perceive the stimulus within the first portion of the invoked
potential. Portions responding (in the brain) which occur later than
0.3 sec. are seen as systematic processes, or tuned circuits to those responses
to specific in-coming stimulus. This is a form of resonance in the
brain to specific geometry. This could also lead to the formation
6. Every perception has a unique counterpart as a space-time code
form in the brain. These space-time shapes are evidence of relationships
between the external world and its representation in the brain. They
act like keys to "unlock" specific parts of our brain, often being observed
below psychological threshold levels (subliminal).
Clynes literally mapped fields in the human brain. A computer was
able to identify and reproduce those geometrical figures from what that
human was concentrating on, either as a geometric form or color.
The individual did not even have to look at the pattern but simply concentrate
"in his mind's eye." A standing wave means that the wave is not changed,
but is holding itself steady in one certain geometrical thought.
If quantum mechanical properties of matter are actually the conscious property
of matter, then one would predict that all phenomena where quantum wave
explanations are important, the phenomena could be interpreted better in
terms of consciousness.5
Our planet is surrounded by a layer of electrically charged particles called
the ionosphere. The lower layer of the ionosphere starts about 80km.
from the Earth. This charges layer is known to reflect radio waves.
Since this is a highly charges layer, the ionosphere forms a so-called
capacitor with the Earth. This means that there is a difference in
electrical potential between the two, the Earth being negatively charged
and the ionosphere being positively charged. This potential varies
somewhat but is around 200 volts/m.
This is a fundamental type of electrical generator. The solar winds,
interacting with the upper atmosphere rotation, act as a collector and
brushes of a generator. The lower atmosphere can be seen as a storage
battery for this gradient potential.
This electromagnetic field around the Earth can be viewed as a stiff jelly.
When our bodies move and vibrate, these movements are transmitted to the
environment. These fields not only impinge on our body but they also
affect the charges inside our body. When we are standing on the ground,
under normal conditions, we are grounded. Our body then acts as a
sink for the electrostatic field and we actually distort the force lines
Our body also has its own electrostatic field about itself. These
field-lines are the result of the various biochemical reactions in the
body. This resultant bio-field couples us to the isoelectric field
of the planet.
A "tuned system" consists of at least two oscillators of identical resonance
frequencies. If one of the oscillators starts emitting, the other
will be activated by the signal very shortly. Because the coupling
is ideal, they will respond to the tiniest signals and begin to resonate.
In 1957, W.O. Schumann6 calculated the Earth-ionosphere cavity resonance
frequencies. His works were updated over the years and the figure
now used is at 7.5Hz. As indicated previously, the micromotion of
the body is about 6.8 to 7.5Hz.
It is obvious that when one is in deep meditation, it is possible for the
human being and the planet system to start resonating. There is a
transfer of energy. It is no coincidence that this frequency is in
the theta region of brainwaves, the state of maximum regeneration.
Information is embedded in a field, rather than just being a field.
A field is thus an abstract quantity of information; relationships between
this point and that point in the universe.
Astral temples are set up to evoke a certain correspondence effect, like
a resonance. These temples are like a physical matrix, one with specific
geometrical form and color.
The visualization, in turn sets up a particular EM resonance in the brain.
The reverberation pattern is most explicit. Clarity is all important.
Distortion minimizes the resonance effect and reduces any amplification
to connecting other "tuned" oscillators in the body.
Techniques of extending this harmonious resonance have been known for thousands
of years. These are the different meditative techniques. Most
slow down the metabolic rate of the body so that much less oxygen is required
to keep the body going.
As one becomes proficient in meditation, the breathing becomes so gentle
as not to disturb the resonate state of the aorta. An automatic process
develops in which the lungs and the diaphragm regulates the heart-aorta
system so as to keep them well-tuned. This helps extend the resonant
behavior even with shallow breathing.
In conclusion, the following points should be made regarding the resonant
effects available through meditation:
1. There is a heart/aorta resonance which links up with a number
of other critical oscillators, including several in the brain. It
starts at the heart.
2. Specific geometries or geometrical mandalas (form and color) create
resonance effects in the brain. The pattern is repeated in the brain.
3. Specific geometrical systems can be used as "keys" to access those
specific archetypes. Access occurs to the psyche.
4. This linking of resonant cavity oscillators can be seen to form
a common thread, going from Hadit (DNA-RNA helix) to Nuit (galactic hydrogen-helium
5. By "tuning" one's meditation, it is possible to amplify and have
access to the other resonant systems, in and out of the body.
The Human organism has usually been regarded as a complex arrangement of
chemical elements and compounds. The quantity and structure of these
variables are our reference points for states of health. This is
the area of biochemistry and biochemical analysis.
An equally valid approach is to regard the human organism as an aggregation
of electromagnetic fields which are constantly interacting and changing
as are their biological equivalents. It has been shown that the human
system is an emitter of electromagnetic radiations.7
All biological processes are a function of electromagnetic field interactions.
EM fields are the connecting link between the world of form and resonant
The patterns are arbitrary forms which are non-physical. Archetypal
forms are based on inherent characteristics and correspondences.
This provides a basis for what we would call resonant phenomena in archetypal
systems. EM fields embody or store gestalts, patterns of information.
An archetype may then be seen as a specific geometrical system of standing
waves occurring in the brain as a space-time shape ("key").
In living organisms, opposites receive their structure of symmetry from
particular combinations of spatial and temporal aspects. Like reins
on a horse, each of the opposites of the psychological pair has its own
place. This geometric property makes them capable of being opposites.
The activity of each arm determines the quantity; the spatial identity
of the rein determines the quality. There is no monotonic (or linear)
transition from one to the other passing through zero.
A human being, immersed in the galactic hydrogen-helium field, may also
utilize the pulsing feedback between man and the galaxy to build up the
resonance effects, much like we would tune a radio. These primary
frequencies are multiples of the base frequency 7 Hz.
These four nucleotides provide resonant frequencies for alpha, theta, and
delta (the characteristic brain states going from consciousness to deep
sleep: 14-2 Hz.). This resonance relationship can be seen to link
with helium inside the body at various chemical sites.
The bridge connecting the solar system resonances and the brain frequencies
seem to reside in the DNA-RNA helix.
In a paper by Oliver Reiser (8) from the University of Pittsburgh, a relationship
is developed between the four helium cores in an atomic nucleus and the
matrix forms on the DNA and RNA. Reiser describes them as "radiation belts
of thought," the four "nucleotides" enter into the dynamics of these
nuclear properties. A spheron is a nuclear constituent roughly spherical
in shape and spaced in concentric layers.
The platonic solids are the five regular solids described by Pythagoras,
now seen to form all crystal formations. These forms later became
the basis of the mathematics known as group theory. The so-called
"resonances" were specific combinations of five regular solids geometry.
"Helions" is Pauling's term for spherons when he modeled the helium in
the sun, the heliosphere around the Earth, and the hydrogen-helium plasma
of the galactic disc. An optically activated molecule, such as helium,
contains an electron which is coerced into a helical path by electric field.
This one-sided spiral is maintained in the intermolecular transport through
protein molecules. Note that the protein units of "spherical viruses"
are packed symmetrically, in accordance with the pattern of cubic symmetry.
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